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How do I install KDE in my Debian installation? I have a Debian Squeeze 6.0.7, which was installed from a DVD. I would like to install kde-full package into it.

How do I install KDE in my current installation?

My current status is:

  1. Debian Squeeze 6.0.7

  2. updated sources.list to include Wheezy main, for new kernel version 3.2

  3. updated to the Wheezy kernel

  4. 64-bit machine, with 64-bit Debian

How am I supposed to get a good working KDE desktop?

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$ sudo apt-get install kde-standard

That will install the standard KDE desktop as of Wheezy and Jessie.

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You should avoid Debian live images. Debian is made to be installed from its glorious text-based installer. If you already have a working Debian installation, you just need to install the KDE packages.

One way of doing it is this: I've never tried it personally, but it should work. Or you could install the packages manually.

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K Desktop Environment (KDE) is a free desktop environment and development platform built with Trolltech’s Qt toolkit. It runs on most Unix and Unix-like systems, such as Linux, BSD and Solaris. install KDE in my Debian installation

# apt-get install aptitude tasksel
# aptitude --without-recommends install ~t^standard$ ~t^desktop$ ~t^kde-desktop$

Or install KDE from the default repositorie

# apt-get install kde-standard
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The Debian Wiki answers all of your questions, and even some more.

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It says outdated... – Roshan George May 23 '13 at 13:47
Woops, I had the version numbers muddled in my head. For Squeeze, just install one of the following packages, if you want full like you say, the first link is what you're looking for: or – SBI May 23 '13 at 13:55

I just solved this issue - but I had to take a few steps back

  • first, be sure your system can find the packages it needs

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list if you need to add the URL for the package repository for your flavor of Linux

  • then refresh the list in apt-get

Apt-get update

  • then check for the package you want

Apt-get search

  • if the search returns your package, go ahead and install it
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